Akc Dog Breeds

Written by Courtney Salinas
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The American Kennel Club is an organization that generates standards for dog breeds. The AKC is the most widely recognized dog club in the United States and a puppy that is sold with AKC registration is often more highly sought after and more expensive than a puppy without registration. AKC registration can raise the price of a dog by several hundred dollars, and in some cases, thousands of dollars.

It is important to note that the AKC has no reign or control over breeder practices. They do not regulate breeding so that it betters the bloodline or so that the healthiest dog is produced. Any two dogs that are registered by AKC and are of the same breed can produce a litter of AKC registered puppies. This does not insure that you are getting a quality dog or even insure that you are getting a healthy dog.

The AKC is a club of clubs, or an organization of clubs for different breeds of dog. The AKC promotes responsible breeding and dog ownership through public awareness campaigns as well as sanctions dog events. Many breeders will use titles in these events as a selling point for their litter.

When AKC Registration Matters

In most dogs that are intended for show, AKC registration is necessary if you are going to be actually showing the dog. For other breeds of dogs, such as sporting or working dogs, the registration is meaningless without a good working or hunting background. For working and sporting breeds, try to focus more on finding a breeder that uses the dogs for work rather than a breeder who is concentrated on titles such as AKC registration.

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